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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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New west Lethbridge fire station now fully in operation

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – The city’s newest fire hall on the west side is open and operational.

It’s been under construction for the past couple of years in the Waterbridge neighbourhood near Senator Fairbairn Middle School on the west side.

Fire Station #5 has been in the works for a long time. Last summer, Fire Chief Marc Rathwell said west Lethbridge had outgrown what had been the only facility on the west side, Fire Station #2.

That’s no longer the case with this building.

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It has space for additional resources and the central location of the new fire hall will allow quicker response from firefighters.

West Lethbridge has been the fastest growing region of the city for the past number of years with only one fire hall servicing over 40,000 residents on that side of the river and has been in desperate need of additional fire and EMS services.

When Fire Station #2 was first built at the corner of Whoop-Up Drive West and Jerry Potts Boulevard there were only about 4,000 people living on the west side.

The cost of Fire Station #5 was 10.3 million.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of New Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

On a personal note, Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and funeral assistant since 2016.

Pat is engaged to Tarah and he has two kids and two step-children.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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